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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shhhhh - The Government Is Watching

There's a couple in Alaska who were arrested for terrorist activities that consisted solely of doing research on the internet. Hmm, a click here, a click there... Which ties in with the continuing saga of you, the internet and your friendly government hackers/monitors.

A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its "volunteers," researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April.

Uber's Wikileaks revelation is one of the first public statements from the semi-secret Project Vigilant. He says the 600-person "volunteer" organization functions as a government contractor bridging public and private sector security efforts.

According to Uber, one of Project Vigilant's manifold methods for gathering intelligence includes collecting information from a dozen regional U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs). Uber declined to name those ISPs, but said that because the companies included a provision allowing them to share users' Internet activities with third parties in their end user license agreements (EULAs), Vigilant was able to legally gather data from those Internet carriers and use it to craft reports for federal agencies. A Vigilant press release says that the organization tracks more than 250 million IP addresses a day and can "develop portfolios on any name, screen name or IP address."


  1. I f only the terrorists all went on Facebook there'd be no need for volunteer contactors sying on everyone. It would be all out there for anyone to keep track of everyone. Transparency meets paranoia.

  2. You better hope no one's spying on this blog.

  3. What's the worry? God is watching us.

  4. Why would the author care if the blog is being watched? He wants this information to be read. That is why he writes a blog.

    Posting pictures of your pedestrian, daily lives on facebook is stupid. Showing the world your every move. The ability to be tracked and stalked at the click of someone else's mouse. People are watching where your children are playing and every move they make.


  5. With the software most blog writers own they can instantly get the IP address and name of anonymous postings. So to the person who said " You better hope no one's spying on this blog." I'm certain the blog already knows who you are.

  6. Project Vigilant is a fraud: